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Carla D-Great new adventures and an Amazing Life

Discussion in 'Member's "BackYardHerds" Journals' started by Carla D, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. Jan 12, 2019
    Rammy

    Rammy Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    :yuckyuck
     
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  2. Jan 12, 2019
    Carla D

    Carla D True BYH Addict

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    I don’t know when a doe is in heat yet. Ginger did accept one of my bucks this morning. But, she made him work for it first. Darn tease.
     
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    B&B Happy goats

    B&B Happy goats True BYH Addict Golden Herd Member

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    Doe's don't go into heat, ....they are on a 16 day cycle of which 14 of those days they are fertile........gestation is 31 days on average. ..29 to 33 days is within the window
     
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  4. Jan 16, 2019 at 11:12 PM
    Carla D

    Carla D True BYH Addict

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    This may not be an appropriate place to share this but I’m going to anyways. My middle brother just passed away. I’m having very mixed feelings about the news as well. This is the very same brother that would attack me with a baseball bat after school everyday for a couple of months. He has been in the corrections system since he was 13 years old. He was up for release from prison sometime in the next year or two. I have had nothing but fear for my life and safety and of those who mean the world to me. I had been preparing myself to protect myself and the ones I love most in life at all costs. I hate my brother. But, I have also found it in my heart to not wish him any harm and to find happiness, as long as he stayed far, far out of my life. I know I should feel sad for his loss of life but I don’t. I should feel relieved that he will never cause me or anyone harm ever again. But I don’t. I know I should want to be there for my mom, dad, and brother. Yet I don’t feel like I have any business being around for them as they mourn. I haven’t shed a single tear as of yet. The warden just called my mother about ten minutes ago and explained to her that they had been treating him medically all day. He had a medical emergency and that he crashed and they weren’t able to revive him. We don’t even know what the medical situation was at this point. We will find out more in the morning. I don’t feel anything. Nothing at all. I have no desire to see him one last time or go to his funeral. I’m not sure what my parents will plan for him. I know I have to go for my mom, dad, and baby brothers sake. I have not seen this brother for at least 15 years, probably more than that. He’s 43 years old, spent the last 25-28 years in federal prison for all of the crimes he committed and people he had harmed. Now what?
     
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  5. Jan 16, 2019 at 11:35 PM
    Latestarter

    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Golden Herd Member

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    IMHO...

    I have estranged myself from my family for a variety of reasons. I haven't/hadn't spoken to my mother or father since early ~2014 after a major confrontation. My father died in the fall of 2014 from a final fight with cancer. I wasn't there, before, during, or after. My mother is still alive, I haven't spoken to her and doubt I ever will again, unless she initiates the communication with an apology. My youngest brother was the main reason for everything that took place. He died in 2015 from throat cancer. I didn't see him, wasn't there for him, before, during, or after. My middle brother caused his own set of issues and incidents and I broke off communications with him back in 2010. I haven't seen or spoken to him since and don't expect I ever will. My oldest sister drove me away with her actions more than 20 years ago. I will never see or speak to her again, and for all intents and purposes, she doesn't even exist to me. My middle sister and I still communicate, generally once or twice a year at holidays. I have visited with her within the past year, but don't see her often.

    The point I'm making here is that you feel the way you do justifiably. You do NOT owe your siblings or your parents anything on your brother's behalf. Their relationship with him was theirs... NOT yours. You have/had no relationship with him for many, many years. IMHO, you should treat it as if you never even knew him. Put the pain from the past back in the past and move ahead.
     
  6. Jan 16, 2019 at 11:47 PM
    Carla D

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    Thank you @Latestarter. He really hasn’t existed in my life for the last 30 years other than to torment me or trigger my ptsd. I do feel for my family. I want to pack my hubby and daughter up and go on a hiatus for a month or so. At least until all of this has been put to rest. Someplace warm and sunny with lots of things to explore, people to meet and watch, and just escape for a while. Texas actually sounds enticing. I have a few friends there that own farms/ranches that I would love to meet.
     
  7. Jan 17, 2019 at 12:22 AM
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    Carla i have to agree with latestarter, i have similar family issues and will not attend their funerals if the go before me. A funeral is for the living that are grieving and is a ceramony to make the living have closure. It is your choice if you go or not. If you feel like you HAVE to for your parents sake. You can do what i have suggested to others in your circumstance. ..write him a letter on how you feel, fold it up and put it in
    his pocket, let it go wherever he ends up. Or stay home....you don't owe anybody anything....sorry you have to be in this situation
     
  8. Jan 17, 2019 at 6:46 AM
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    I also agree with @Latestarter and @B&B Happy goats . You have darn good reason to feel the way you do and you owe no one an explaination or reasoning. Dont feel guilty because you dont feel anything. You are just still giving him power over you. I like the writing a letter part, but I would do it at home, then burn it in a symbollic gesture if release. Im sorry you had to go through that when you were growing up. Take your life back. You dont owe anyone anything.
     
  9. Jan 17, 2019 at 6:50 AM
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    Where else would you share this but with your BYH family? We provide an objective sounding board with none of the family drama. Your brother sounds like someone to stay far, far away from. It is nothing to feel bad about, because you don't want to go to his funeral. Your parents may grieve for him, but you don't have to. If you want to go to support your parents, that is up to you, but don't "guilt" yourself into it.

    Now what? Now you go on with your life, safe from that creepy feeling up your back because you know a predator is out of prison and may have you and your family in his crosshairs. Done. Over. Take a deep breath. Yes, it is appropriate to say a prayer and thank God for your freedom from worry.

    The worst of the worst criminals came from somewhere, someone and have family. They didn't just drop out of the sky. You were unlucky enough to have a brother who drew the criminal card. He was a person that you would have never had any contact with, had he not been your brother. He is gone. You are free. Now go hug that precious little girl.
     
  10. Jan 17, 2019 at 6:58 AM
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    I agree, you have no reason to feel any sadness at his passing. I would go to a funeral only if it is necessary to not cause a rift with the rest of the family that you do care about and they care about you. Talk with your parents and find out if they "need" you to be there. They know the history and may well understand.